(June 28) Flooding in and around Austin, Texas, did not affect the vegetable growing regions to the south, but grower-shippers said rain has interrupted onion and melon harvests.

Gerry Lozano, a salesman for Sandia Depot, Edinburg, Texas, said based on conversations he’s had with other area shippers, some watermelons had suffered water damage, potentially affecting supplies for the 4th of July.

But Sandia’s 300 acres in West Texas had been spared, he said — at least for the time being.

“We’ve been lucky so far,” Lozano said June 28.

Lozano said the Texas watermelon industry already was “behind the eight ball” because of heavy rains in late May. Those storms knocked out 100 acres of Sandia’s fields in the Edinburg area, he said.

“We haven’t seen big rains, but the frequency of the storms has been the problem,” said J Allen Carnes, president and co-owner of Winter Garden Produce, Uvalde, Texas.

It’s a similar story at another Texas grower-shipper. The fields have been too wet to harvest, said Steve Cargil, general manager of Cargil Produce Co., Uvalde.

“It’s just been a tough spring and early summer,” Cargil said.

Carnes said rain cut the Winter Garden Produce volume this season by about 25%. But he said other sheds in the area lost up to 50% of their crops.

“We just gave up on the cantaloupes and walked away from three onion fields,” Carnes said.

Cargil said his company had to abandon a couple of melon fields and one onion field. In the fields that can be worked, Cargil Produce will continue to harvest and pack into mid-July, he said.